Everyone is suspect at a murder mystery dinner.
"And everyone is an investigator," Julie Reeves said. Reeves is the event coordinator for the Murder Mystery Dinner and Masquerade that will be held to benefit Payson Community Kids at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the bingo hall at the Mazatzal Casino.
The plot will be acted out by members of Phoenix Fan Force.
According to the evening's story line, a large amount of diamonds have been stolen. The thieves show up to meet a buyer at a masquerade. The buyer winds up dead and the diamonds are missing.
Clues will be given throughout the evening and six ringers who are "in the know" will be planted among attendees to help sleuths discover "who done it."
"Dress up, cut loose, and be something you are not," invites Reeves, whose business is to create successful events of this nature. "Any attire will do, even jeans and a shirt, but I've found that dressing up -- long gowns, coattails and a mask or a costume, since it is approaching Halloween, makes the dinner even more fun."
Dinner is a choice of broiled swordfish or prime rib with plenty of vegetable dishes for vegetarians.
"This murder mystery is a new and exciting kind of fund-raiser for us," said Marcy Rogers, director of Payson Community Kids.
Tickets are $75 per person. They are available from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or by calling (928) 951-0892. Two tickets will be given away by KMOG radio station. Tune in to Rockin' Ron Gibson at 1420 AM at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 for details.
And Rogers is offering another chance to win.
"The first person to call me at 472-7163 and actually get me, not the answering machine, on the phone can buy one ticket and get another free," she said.